Lora arrived at Fresh Start Home with nothing but “the gift of desperation” and some clothing. Three years later, this recovering and sober alcoholic and drug abuser is no longer homeless, has a job and most importantly, has her three children back in her life.
Lora’s tear-filled success story drew a standing ovation from the 530 attending the 2017 United Way/Community Health Charities Campaign Kickoff Sept. 7 at Embassy Suites. Russ Sebek, campaign chair, said Lora is an example of the positive results United Way agencies achieve thanks to generous Lincoln residents.
The 2017 campaign is off to a good start, said Pacesetter co-chairs Bryan and Doris Robertson, who reported $2.7 million in early contributions from local companies and individuals toward the campaign’s $7 million goal.
Executive Director Brian Wachman said the 42 United Way agencies and 22 Community Health Charities of Nebraska agencies focus on helping people improve education, income opportunities and health – three pillars for a successful life.
Wachman said United Way’s careful review of agencies ensures effective and efficient use of donations, targeted toward solid, proven outcomes.
Sebek said his childhood included some financial hardship, and that gives him a deep appreciation for Lincolnites who step up to help others. He especially encourages those new to the workforce to become United Way contributors.
Lora says she is proud to live in a community that cares.
“It’s up to all of us to make Lincoln the best it can be,” added Sebek.